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The now defunct Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton is pictured in this undated photo. Tribune photo

Loss of prison population means big changes down the road for districts in Swift County, Minn.


BENSON -- The loss of 1,400 inmates from the privately owned and now defunct Appleton prison will create huge shifts in the Swift County Commissioner districts -- change that could result in the forced election of all five commissioners.

Swift County Auditor Byron Giese predicted there's a "99 percent chance" that all the seats will be up for election this year because of redistricting.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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